Cool Economy Cars

If you don't want to pay top dollar for a new car, there's good news for you.

Kelley Blue Book has released a list of what it calls top-ten cool, affordable new vehicles.

The prices start at about $15,500, topping out under $18,000.

Cars on the list include the new Dodge Caliber, the Mazda 3 and the Chevrolet HHR as well as some more familar names like the Kia Sportage and the Honda Civic.

Kelley Blue Book says it chose the 18,000 dollar ceiling, because it means a monthly payment of 350 dollars or less over five years.

Editor Jack Nerad says the economy cars offer a number of key features previously available only in luxury cars, like an I-Pod connection.

Kelley Blue Book may be best known for listing the price of used cars.